First time flying

Nicole - posted on 02/17/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I'm flying home for the first time with my 2 month old. Any advice to make the trip easier for both of us?

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Natalie - posted on 02/17/2010

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I flew with my son from NJ to germany when he was almost 6 months old. All i can tell you is bring lots of familiar thing.s his favorite blanket, toys.... more than likely you will hold the baby the whole flight so he will be close to you and should be fine.
Don't forget to bring a stroller for around the air port and enough diapers and change of clothes in case he gets a case of diarrhea or something. Yes, stuff like that always happens when you can least handle it.

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TAWANDA - posted on 02/17/2010

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well my daughter was 4months when she first got on an air plane.And people were so helpful I was pushing her stroller and carrying some bags and I was just amazed at how helpful they were.They said that she was so quite that they didn't even know she was on the plane an 8 to 9 hour flight Raleigh to Texas.So you really have no worries people do volunteer to lend a helping hand when flying flight attendents even GOOD LUCK

Jo-Ann - posted on 02/17/2010

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Fly JetBlue if you can, the tv on the seatback kept my 4 month old entertained the whole flight.

Nicki - posted on 02/17/2010

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looks like everyone has given you great advice. i have flown alot with my son. its much worse in your imagination that it really is. if you have any more questions or need a brain to pick jusrt email me. i will be happy to help

Corinne - posted on 02/17/2010

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The shorter the flight time the better. If you are worried about the babies ears, bring snacks or bottle. I have flown quite a bit with my daughter starting at 4 months. I was breast feeding. So I always choose a window seat if available. And breastfeed/bottle or gave a snack during take off and landing (If she was even awake). She has had no problems and slept most of the time. The longest flight straight was about 3 hours. A lay over can be nice as long as you stay organized. Nice for you and baby to stretch out and walk a bit. I suggest a sling or carrier. They were very helpful when my daughter was smaller. By the way car seats and strollers are free to check onto a plane. If you are thinking of keeping the baby in the car seat during flight, you will have to pay for an extra seat at regular price. Most lap kids are free till age 2, every airline is different for this age. Some are 4. Hope this helps

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We flew a lot when mine were little. My youngest was 3 m. on his 1st flight. I carried him thru the airport in a baby bjorn (had to take him out at security), but he slept right thru take off still in that little pouch. It was great to have him in that so I could use my hands for tickets, etc. and since he slept a lot, I didn't have to "hold" him in one spot for hours. I was always surprised at how nice and helpful everyone was at each step of the way. (I was excpecting dirty looks when he fussed!) Take a diaper changing pad, as you'll probably have to do this on your lap. Bring your carseat with a big plastic bag to put it in and check it with your luggage. They let you go through a different security line if you have a stroller, and will check the stroller at the gate for you. Take PLENTY of extra supplies since travel plans can change or be delayed. The airlines we were on had seats in only every other row that were for adult-with-a-lap-child ... so check on that if you are traveling with anyone else so you can sit together (we had a toddler too). Drinking at take-off and landing help with the ear popping. If you are bottle feeding, flag down a flight attendant when you are taking your seat and ask for a bottled water to make up the formula. If you are nursing, take plenty of cover-ups (I had a very, very nice and understanding single guy next to me and trying to breastfeed discreetly even with blankets was hard to do!! lol!) Lastly, take a sense of humor and know that the flight will NOT last forever! lol! You'll do fine! :)

Kathy - posted on 02/17/2010

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The first flight I ever took was a straight thru from Detroit Metro to Hawaii-LOL!! Not only was it my first flight but I was also flying with my 11 mth old. He had major ear problems so I had to time it so he was drinking his bottle when we were taking off and he didn't seem to mind the flight so much just that he couldn't run around and play-LOL!! So, hopefully since your's is only 2 mths old it should be easier. I made sure to bring twice as much as what I should've needed for our flight. i was worried there'd be a delay and I wouldn't have enough. I had 2 seats but he mostly wanted to sit on my lap and play patty cake and other song games, brought his favorite toys. Took us a bit longer to get through security but it was worth it to have everything I knew he'd love. I also brought some new things that he'd never seen before and they kept his attention for a bit as well. I agree, get a straight thru flight is possible, I don't know what I would've done if I had to connect anywhere!!!! Good luck and have fun :)

Marie - posted on 02/17/2010

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Get the most direct route, check with the airline about if you need an extra ticket for getting a seat for the carseat, and be prepared to do a feeding or change a diaper along the way.



My daughter was about 3mo I believe when I took a plane to visit family several states away, complements of my FIL. Having to nearly run across a couple airports was not fun, especially knowing I might not be able to bring the carseat onboard if the plane was full because my FIL only purchased seat tickets for myself (and it wasn't like I could leave my daughter at home with my husband).

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